By Paul A. Finch, LCSW, Program Manager, Reserve Psychological Health Program and Director, Psychological Health for Navy and Marine Forces Reserves, and Dr. Mark Long, Health Promotion and Wellness Department, NMCPHC.
"It is well known that extended and repeat deployments can impact the readiness and psychological health of Sailors and Marines who put on their uniform every day in defense of freedom. But what about the Sailors and Marines who temporarily set aside civilian and family responsibilities and lace up their boots in support of the same cause? They receive the same training pre-deployment and experience the same potentially traumatic events, such as injury and loss, during deployment. Yet, studies indicate that Reserve and National Guard members may be at greater risk for developing psychological health conditions than their active duty counterparts. How can we bridge the gap?"